Make the most of your light
This one is major! Take a look at the rooms you’re loving on Pinterest or Instagram… they probably all have one thing in common. They have plenty of light! Even if you don’t have a ton of natural light flooding into your space, you can take advantage of whatever you have. The way you hang your curtains can effect how bright and spacious your room feels. You want to use as much of the available wall space above and around your windows as possible. Try raising your curtain rods as high above the window trim as possible to make your ceilings appear taller.
Keep in mind, the best results come with long curtain panels to really elongate the walls. Doing this will make your room feel so much bigger! If that’s the effect you’re going for, you don’t want to use short curtains.
What about width? Ideally when your curtains are fully open, they will only be covering the window trim and none of the glass. Giving the illusion of larger windows and will also let in all of the available natural light. This illustration from apartmenttherapy.com demonstrates what I mean, perfectly:
In our living room, there wasn’t a ton of space from the tops of the windows to the ceiling, but I took full advantage and hung them high! If it’s in your budget to improve your windows, it’s worth it to increase the natural light–get a hold of these guys (Ideal Construction) for a consult.
Layer, Layer, Layer!
The key to a beautifully warm and comfortable home is adding layers of texture in every room. The result can include various colors or patterns without being busy or jarring. I find the most sophisticated spaces are just layered with different textures. Soft furs, natural fiber rugs, wood, and metallic finishes can all mix together to create a wonderful, collected–and high-end look. Even rooms filled with your favorite accessories can fall flat, when the room lacks various textures. Layering is what makes a space interesting, no matter what your personal style of decorating is.
Pillows are an easy way to achieve a layered look. Mix in a few textured neutrals with pops of color and you’ve immediately created interest. As for accessories, the same rules apply. Vary the finishes by adding some shine with mirrors, dishes, or lamps with natural fibers like plants, antlers and baskets.
I’m also a big believer of mixing old with new. Decorating your home is something that takes time. You can’t rush the process. Even if you could afford to buy everything you need right upfront, you’d be missing out on the journey. Finding out what you love most and what your home needs is what enhances your daily life and makes your home feel more personal.
Use vertical space wisely.
Make your ceilings appear higher by drawing the eye up with a point of interest. Add an interesting light fixture or wallpaper to the ceiling to make a statement. Install a shelf over a door to hold books, collections, baskets, etc. By giving these spaces a purpose, you’re giving more height and visual interest to the room.
Image via bhg.com
Have you considered a gallery wall? The way you arrange art can greatly impact the illusion of space. See how this clean grid arrangement draws the eye up?
Add a touch of lux to your home. The finishes you choose can make all the difference! It doesn’t have to be a big crystal chandelier or a velvet sofa, but the materials you choose can make a big difference. If you’re looking for a sophisticated look, choose wood instead of plastic, cotton instead of polyester. You can keep it small scale to stay in budget too. Showcase a collection of colored glass or miniature brass animals on your bookshelf, a faux fur throw, a gallery wall made up of gold finished frames. The possibilities are endless.
Image via One King’s Lane
This goes for hardware too. If it’s lame, replace it! Not just in the kitchen or bathroom. Do you love the bones of a piece of furniture but it’s feeling a little lack-luster? Before you go refinishing it, try switching out the knobs!
There are some beautiful options on the markets in many price ranges.
Here are some of my current favorites:
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